Nature works in mysterious ways. Even though some natural occurrences can be explained by science, some are still shrouded in mystery.
Hair-raising as it may sound, these magnificent environmental and geographical wonders are still breathtaking — places that might lead you to think that you have crossed from the human realms and into some unknown dimensions which are unknown and incomprehensible to the human mind.
Let us take you into a tour around the planet’s most dreamlike places.
Crooked Forest, Poland
Planted around 1930, the trees in this forest uniformly bend in only one direction. As to why they crook in such a manner remains a mystery.
Wave Rock, Australia
This natural rock formation which can be found in Hyden, Western Australia is called the Wave Rock because of its oceanwave-like appearance. Wave rock serves as a funnel which collects rainwater to storage dams.
Thor’s Well, Oregon
Thor’s Well has been dubbed as the “Pacific Gateway to the Underworld.” This mysterious-looking well is saltwater fountain powered by the Pacific Ocean tide. It appears to be sucking water into a subterranean site and spewing it out forcefully. This makes the spot extremely dangerous and difficult for admirers to take close up photos.
Danxia Landforms, Zhangye, Gansu Province
These Chinese landform appears to be a canvas painted with mountains streaked in red and orange. But a closer look will prove you wrong. Do you spot the shallows and isolated caves?
Lake Retba, Senegal
Because of its high saline quantity, Dunanella salina, a type of algae, have made residence in the lake’s salty waters. In turn, the algae gave the lake its famous hue of pink. While the Dunanella salina have thrived in the lake, other organisms have failed to survive within the waters.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
Spectators are entranced by the stripes and slopes on the walls of Antelope Canyon. Located in Navajo land, the canyon was formed by sandstone erosion brought about by flash floods. During rainy seasons, Antelope Canyon is quickly filled with water which could be dangerous to unsupervised tourists.
Mount Roraima, Venezuela, Brazil, Guyana
This 400-meter-tall plateau is situated in the borders of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. Mount Roraima is cliff on all sides, which makes it almost unconquerable for climbers. Once on top, the landform looks straight out from heaven.
Cave of the Crystal, Mexico
The stunning crystal formation in the Mexican cave is considered to be the largest ever discovered all around the globe. The biggest one would measure 39 feet in length, 13 feet in diameter, and 55 tons in weight.
This waterfall in Norway is special as it appears to come from the top of a mountain, and then drop and disappear as it hits the ground.
Fly Geyser, Nevada
The formation of this geyser accidentally started in 1916 during a well drilling. The holes began to release geothermally heated water along with dissolved minerals. The minerals have hardened and formed the geyser thay sits on the private Fly Ranch.
Spotted Lake, British Columbia
The best time to visit this magnificent lake is during summer time since most of the water evaporates, leaving pools and puddles filled with minerals such as magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium sulfate.
Caño Cristales, also known as the “River of Five Colors”, is a Colombian river showing prismatic colors of pink, red, yellow, green, and blue when the water level reaches a certain point. The colorful wonder is due to a variety of algae living in the waters.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
These 40,000 interlocking six-sided columns made of basalt were the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The molten lava had shaped the plateau and cooled quickly.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Due to geothermal activities in the area, this city possesses boiling mud, geysers, and mineral lakes with unusual hues.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni forms strange crystalline geometric shapes on its surface when dry. However, when filled with water, it turns into the world’s largest mirror.